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Jamf unveils a range of new features at its 12th annual conference
Thu, 21st Oct 2021
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Jamf has kicked off its 12th annual Jamf Nation User Conference with more than 11,000 Apple administrators in attendance worldwide.

Jamf now serves more than 57,000 customers and runs on approximately 25 million devices worldwide.

"Over time, we've expanded our platform from Apple device management to Apple enterprise management, which we define as the space between what Apple creates, and the enterprise requires," says Jamf CEO, Dean Hager.

"In doing so, we have a specific vision for the enterprise - a vision to empower individuals with technology that is enterprise-secure and consumer-simple while protecting personal privacy."

The company says the office no longer limits today's workforce, and with mobile employees comes an increased need to access resources seamlessly but securely. Some of the features announced include:

Jamf Private Access

Jamf Private Access is a true zero trust network access solution that replaces legacy conditional access and VPN technology, ensuring that business connections are secure after a user authenticates into their device. Jamf Private Access also enables non-business applications to route directly to the Internet or utilise Apple's new iCloud+ Privacy Relay, preserving end-user privacy and optimising network infrastructure.                                

Jamf and Google Cloud BeyondCorp enterprise integration 

Jamf announced a new integration with Google Cloud's BeyondCorp Enterprise to bring device compliance to Jamf Pro and Google admins. This integration helps support and encourage employee choice initiatives by equipping admins with a powerful tool - context-aware access to company resources - by checking a devices management and compliance status with Jamf Pro.

With many organisations not going back to employees in the office full-time, security teams need to focus on protecting company resources when accessed externally. Jamf says with the increasing number of attacks on Apple devices, organisations need an Apple solution to keep users and resources safe, no matter the device they use or where they're working from.

Jamf Threat Defense

Jamf launched Jamf Threat Defense, a mobile security solution that protects endpoints from being compromised through mobile threat detection and zero-day phishing prevention with a web-based dashboard for real-time notifications and remediation.

Data loss prevention

Since the rollout of Jamf Protect, Jamf has implemented additional protection against data leakage. As a beta feature of Jamf Protect, customers can ensure that sensitive business data is only written to encrypted USB mass media drives, protecting against physical loss and unauthorised data access. 

Prioritisation of Mac alerts

Security and IT admins receive many security alerts throughout the day. With this new feature, Jamf adds severity measures to these alerts to allow security teams to prioritise which notifications they spend time on.                              

Jamf enables thousands of schools worldwide with Apple technology, but this commitment to education goes beyond bringing Apple devices into the classroom. Jamf helps educate teachers, secure devices and empower student learning with technology. Jamf Safe Internet, expected to be available early next year, will combine threat defence and content filtering features to block unsafe content and malicious attacks, so students can learn from anywhere safely. Jamf also showcased its custom-built platform for teachers to learn the basics of classroom management using Jamf and Apple. Jamf Educator allows educators to get hands-on with the Jamf Teacher app and apply it in a simulation environment.